Originally Posted by Rickles
Pirating software is theft. Software is tangible data written on various mediums tangible by computers and other devices.
Just because you aren't taking a floppy disc labeled "Wolfenstien 3D" doesn't mean you aren't stealing if you pirate a game. You are taking data that doesn't belong to you and using it. Regardless of medium that data isn't truly intangible, it is just stored in a digital medium.
You didn't even read the thread. Piracy is copyright infringement, NOT theft. Legally they are NOT the same thing. Even if you consider a string of binary code to be tangible, in the sense that there are electrons trapped inside a magnetic disk or flash cells, these electrons do not constitute the data, their arrangement does, and this arrangement can be copied integrally in other forms, even on paper or as pits in a plastic disc.
So by definition, this arrangement is NOT tangible, because if it were, it couldn't EXIST in two places at the same time in one universe. Secondly, by pirating, you are COPYING this arrangement, not deleting or in any way subtracting the original data, making what you just said doubly absurd.
I'm not, in this instance, criticizing your notion of piracy as theft, but the nonsensical reasoning.